MANILA -- Typhoon Paeng (international name Trami) has entered the Philippine area of responsibility on Sunday, the state weather bureau said, just about a week after a devastating typhoon ravaged the country's agricultural north.
In its weather bulletin at 5 p.m., PAGASA said Paeng, last spotted at 1,290 km east of Tuguegarao City in Cagayan, will not have a direct effect in any part of the country yet. It is also not expected to enhance the southwest monsoon immediately.
The weather agency said the typhoon has maximum sustained winds of 125 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 155 kph. It continues to move west at 20 kph and is expected to affect extreme Northern Luzon on Friday.
Forecaster Ariel Rojas said Paeng is not expected to make landfall but PAGASA said it may put areas in extreme Northern Luzon under tropical cyclone warning signals by Thursday or Friday, depending on the typhoon's movement.
Just a little over a week ago, typhoon Ompong brought strong winds and dumped heavy rains that triggered floods and landslides in Northern Luzon, killing at least 88 people before it left the country's area of responsibility.
Of the total deaths, at least 72 were from the Cordillera mountain region, where massive landslides were reported, according to the Philippine National Police. Dozens more are still missing as authorities continue their search operations.